The Raptor Center holds two Open House events every year in the spring and fall. We have many of our raptor ambassadors out on volunteers' fists for the viewing public, and have special presentations aimed at educating attendees on their importance to their local ecosystems.
"Once again the Open House was a huge success," said Michelle Hawkins, Director of the California Raptor Center. "About 500 people attended and enjoyed a great day of raptor education through seeing the birds up close and learning their stories - why they are in captivity and how we impact their environments everyday."
Lectures on raptor rehabilitation, identification, conservation and adaptations were given and volunteers were available to answer questions about our raptor ambassadors. A drawing lesson was held to teach attendees how to draw these amazing birds. Food was generously provided by Whole Foods and free beer tasting was offered by Mendocino Brewing Company. The Center also debuted its two new enclosures to house eagles and small owls, which were made possible by donations made by generous Raptor Center supporters through our recent online campaign.